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Falcons make winning start

Geelong Falcons celebrate their win to open the 2020 NAB League season. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

COACH Brendan McCartney admits it was hard to find fault with his Geelong Falcons team after it opened the 2020 NAB League Girls season with a 33-point win over Gippsland Power.

The Falcons were never really troubled in the clash at RMIT’s Bundoora Campus, kicking two goals in the first term and keeping the Power scoreless until the third quarter, in the 5.10 (40) to 1.1 (7) victory.

“Their effort and intensity and willingness to compete wherever where the ball went were fabulous,” McCartney, who was coaching the Falcons for the first time, said.

“They’re really starting to embrace that part of the game, and that’s the initial things we wanted to help them with.

“Wherever the ball is, you know what decision to make; “do I go over? Do I stay away? Or if I’m right at the contest wall, I’m going really hard at it”.

“And that’s what they’re doing really well.”

Zoe Garth and Poppy Schaap kicked early goals that put the Power on the back foot, with a major from debutant Carly Remmos in the second quarter giving the Falcons a 23-point advantage.

Gippsland pulled one back in the third quarter, while also keeping Geelong scoreless, before Ingrid Houtsma and Laura Gardiner ensured the four points were headed back down the highway with a goal apiece in the final quarter.

Gardiner was outstanding with 32 possessions and ten tackles

“She did it in a way where she played an accountable midfield role and still found the ball,” McCartney said.

“That’s part of adding to her game – that these talented youngsters can still find the ball even though they’re playing on an opponent, and learn the balance of it.

“That’s something we’re passionate about them learning, and she was terrific. She’s a great kid.

Captain Darcy Moloney was also impressive with 23 disposals (17 handballs), while Schaap registered 21.

The Falcons will return to Bundoora on Saturday for a Round 2 meeting with reigning premier Northern Knights, who defeated Calder Cannons by six points in a rematch of last year’s grand final.

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GEELONG FALCONS  2.2, 3.5, 3.5, 5.10 (40)

GIPPSLAND POWER  0.0, 0.0, 1.1, 1.1 (7)

Goals; Geelong Falcons: Z. Garth, L. Gardiner, C. Remmos, I. Houtsma, P. Schaap

Gippsland Power: G. McRae

Best; Geelong Falcons: D. Moloney, P. Schaap, L. Gardiner, E. Dowling, A. McKeegan, C. Remmos

Gippsland Power:  M. Van Berkel, M. Fitzsimon, S. Notman, G. McRae, A. Guy-Toogood, L. Berry